Jul 12, 2011 5:00pm EDT
in afghanistan that the top u.s. commander is now calling unfathomable. the half brother of hamid karzai gunned down in his own home. ahmed wally karzai was an influential figure inside afghanistan and a very controversial one who had deep connections with the white house. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. lots at stake here as well, chris. what do we know? >> wolf, afghans who have been complaining about corruption in the afghan government probably will shed no tears at the death of ahmid wally karzai. on the other hand, he helped hamid karzai exert fouer down in the south in kandahar where the president probably would not have been able to exert that power. so his loss british columbiaens karzai at a time when negotiations with the taliban move forward and it also may have very big repercussions for the u.s. effort in the south. people called president hamid karzai's brother a corrupt gangster. but the cia's former head of counterterrorism says the u.s. may miss him. >> it's quite like live that what follows is going to be something that will not work to our interest.
Jul 11, 2011 5:00pm PDT
who have died in afghanistan and in iraq, their phones may have been hacked. then we find out that the phones of those widowed in 9/11, for example, their phones may have been interfered with. that's when it went from sort of acceptable to this is now an appalling, and as james murdoch said the other day, inhuman turn of events. >> what about the people who allegedly did this hacking? do we know exactly who they are at this point? do we know how many of them there are? >> well, this is the point. we don't know how many of them there were. news international, the news the world, for a long period of time, said that there were just a rogue reporter involved in this. the rogue reporter went to prison as did glen vulcary, who was the private investigator. now it comes to light there could be as many as 4,000 people whose phone messages have been listened to, by -- let me tell you, we don't know about the numbers but many, many journalists, not just at the news of the world but possibly across the entire camp. >> this story not over yet. becky anderson, thank you very much. >>> com
Jul 15, 2011 2:00pm PDT
in afghanistan, general david petraeus targeted by bin laden. >>> and here in washington, president obama urges democrats and republicans to avert what he calls armageddon, telling them to set politics aside as the clock ticks closer toward an impending default on the u.s. national debt. >>> and californians are bracing for what they call carmageddon. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. breaking news and political headlines all straight ahead. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in the "situation room." >>> we begin with alarming new signs osama bin laden may have been plotting an attack on the president of the united states. those details coming from the stash of documents found inside bin laden's compound after u.s. special forces killed the al qaeda leader. our pentagon correspondent barbara star is working the details for us. tell us what we know, barbara. >> make no mistake about it that at this hour, there are grim new details about what osama bin laden had in mind. >> reporter: while hiding out in his compound, osama bin laden was hatching up a new nightmare sc
Jul 9, 2011 7:00pm EDT
. >> secretary of defense making a trip to afghanistan and telling the world that al-qaida is on the verge of defeat. the most optmistic prediction of the u.s. leader yet saying the u.s. can eliminate and capture leaders in pakistan and yemen. >> i think we have them on the run. i think now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with what happened to bin laden to put maximum pressure on them because, i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can cripple al-qaida as a threat to this country. >> and the secretary's schedule in afghanistan is packed and first the meeting with the top u.s. commander general petraeus here and holding a face to face with afghan hamid karzai. they want to with draw 23,000 troops. >> david piper is on the phone from kabul. >> the newly appointed defense secretary arrive went straight in the talks with afghan president karzai and he said the draw down of u.s. troops. he hopes to drive the taliban to peace talks in that period so there can be a reconcilation in this country and the defense secretary w upbeat about killing out al-qaida.
Jul 21, 2011 12:00pm PDT
very much. >>> you've heard about the billions of dollars the u.s. is spending in aid for afghanistan, but you probably didn't know this, as much as $10 million a day chris lawrence has more, coming up next. life count on yo. that's why we offer accident forgiveness, man: good job. where your price won't increase due to your first accident. we also offer a hassle-free lifetime repair guarantee, where the repairs made on your car are guaranteed for life or they're on us. these are just two of the valuable features you can expect from liberty mutual. plus, when you insure both your home and car with us, it could save you time and money. at liberty mutual, we help you move on with your life. so get the insurance responsible drivers like you deserve. looks really good. call us at... or visit your local liberty mutual office, where an agent can help you find the policy that's right for you. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? >>> with all corruption we hear in afghanistan, there's no big shock that some of the billions isn't going where intended, but now we're hea
Jul 10, 2011 7:00am PDT
insurance. >>> can a day pulled the last of its troops out of afghanistan this week. that brings us to our question of the week -- how many nations still have combat troops in afghanistan as part of the international security assist tansz force? is it 6, 16, 26 or 46? stay tuned and we'll tell you the correct answer. make sure you go to cnn.com/gps for ten more question and make sure you check out the global public square don't forget, you can also follow us on twitter and facebook. this week's "book of the week" is the "the last narco." it takes you deep into the life. now that bin laden is dead, this mexican drug kingpin is the number one most ban wanted man in the world, also on "forbes" list of the world's top billionaires. it's a fascinating look at the man. very well written. >>> we often think or politicians are always bickering. it might make you feel better to look at the case of australia, where it seems lawmakers have been literally been fighting like cats and dogs. listen to this. >> if i can finish now. >> why don't you meow when a woman does that. >> yes. what you hear there
Jul 10, 2011 10:00am PDT
for you. >>> canada pulled the last of the combat troops out of afghanistan this week. this brings us to our question of the week. how many nations still have combat troops in afghanistan as part of the international security assistance force? is it a, 6, b, 16, c, 26 or d 46. stay tuned and we'll tell you the correct answer. go to cnn.com/gps for ten more questions. while you're there, make sure you check out our website, the global public square where you'll find smart interviews and essays and takes by our favorite experts. you will also find all of our gps shows. if you miss one, you can click and watch. don't forget, you can follow us on twitter and facebook. this week's book of the week is the last narco. it takes you deep inside the life of a man known as elchapo now that bin laden is dead, this mexican drug king pin is the number one most wanted man in the world. he's also on forbes list of the world top billionaires, it's a fascinating look at the man, the operation and international hunt for him. very well written. and now for the last look. we often think our politicians ar
Jul 21, 2011 3:00am PDT
in afghanistan's air force. >> and are training in texas. ed lavandara has more on their history making mission. >> reporter: the passion and dreams of these four women easily cuts through their broken english. >> we are going to open the door for our laid niece afghanistan. it is a big deal for us to open the door. ladies that have dreams but can't do it. we want to show them. >> reporter: these laid reese lieutenants in the afghanistan military and have come to the united states to study english at the defense language institute in texas. it is their dreams of piloting helicopters that could help change the future of women in their homeland. >> these young ladies are path finders, trail blazers. and -- as such, they are subject to the criticism and antagonism of those that don't want to see the particular path. >> reporter: the soldiers say they are prepared for the scrutiny and are confident. >> the women of afghanistan, don't be afraid of anything. if you want to do something, you can do it. just believe in yourself you can do it. >> reporter: back home, these women are battling chauvanism.
Jul 11, 2011 4:00pm EDT
back the afghanistan taliban we are state sponsors of terrorists. good start. not enough. see what is next. hope that our government doesn't fold. i think the good sign is our government is finally, finally, in the face of overwhelming evidence, pakistanis were hiding bin laden, et cetera, they are wising up. admiral mullen, the outgoing chairman of the joint chiefs is measured in his speech last week accused the pakistani intelligence of killing one of the leading journalists. that tells me something is changing. it is about time. >> a lot of people are saying in support of this move, we are done trying to win the hearts and mines of pakistanis and by tightening the noose that could force them to be amenable to our needs than they have been. do you agree? >>guest: the pakistanis regard us as an enemy and they take us for all they can get. when we freeze the stuff they need such as body armour and night vision goggles but the demonstration in syria was run by the syrian government organized by the security forces and the syrians have upped the ante. i have to give a shout out to ou
Jul 11, 2011 11:00pm PDT
of marine sergeant scott moore stationed in musa qala, afghanistan. he posted a video on youtube and asked mila kunis to go to a marine corp ball in november. >> hey, i'm sergeant moore, but you can call me scotty. i want to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the marine corps ball on november 18th in greechbville, north carolina, with yours truly. take a second, think about it and get back to me. bye-bye now. >> mila is out promoting her new movie and with some prompting from her co-star she's agreed to go. how cool is that? >> very cool. only a marine could pull that off. it has to be said. there's a lot of swagger going on. >> i met her recently and she's incredibly cool. she's really nice. i think it's so cool. that's really planning ahead on his part. very clever of him. >> men all over the country now sitting in front of their webcams making their videos about to send them out. >> no doubt about that. >> don't do it. >> thanks. >>> more to come. back to the serious stuff. did you see the interview with kidnapping victim jaycee dugard? in her own wards you'll hear what she fa
Jul 9, 2011 6:00pm EDT
a volkswagen. the 2011 tigua [ grunts ] >> rick: to afghanistan where defense secretary leon panetta is visiting for the first time since taking the top job at the pentagon. the trip shedding new light on intelligence collected in the raid that killed osama bin laden. the pentagon chief says based on it, the u.s. is now targeting up to 20 key leaders at al-qaeda. we're on the verge of taking out the terror network for good, he says. david piper on the phone from kabul with more. david? >> hi, rick. yes, the newly appointed defense secretary is here in the afghan capitol to see for himself the situation on the ground and he went straight to talk with hamid karzai. the discussions included the draw down of u.s. troops over the next year, 10,000 set to leave this year and more next year. panetta hopes to drive the taliban to peace talks during that period so there can be a reconciliation in this country. the defense secretary was also upbeat about prospects of defeating al-qaeda. the key, he says, is to capture or kill the remaining leaders. >> somewhere around 10 to 20 key leaders that
Jul 11, 2011 12:00pm PDT
soldiers in afghanistan. betty ford will be eulogized tomorrow afternoon and michelle obama will attend. and two astronauts onboard the international space station will perform a space walk tomorrow to do maintenance on a cooling pump. that happens as their boss testifies here back on this planet about the successor to the shuttle program before the house science committee. okay. you know this, the casey anthony case is over. but a lot of people still talking about it. and one of those people so happens to be the top republican in the senate. he's connecting the case to terror trials. >> sunny, we're talking about mitch mcconnell. he says the casey anthony verdict as a mistake for trying terrorists in america like the obama administration wants tooed. >> i don't think a foreigner is entitled to ault protections of the bill of rights. they should not be in u.s. courts. they should be in guantanamo and before military commissions. >> sunny, we knowed he adamantly opposed efforts to close guantanamo bay prison. what do you make of this comparison with that and the casey anthony trial? >> i